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Wildlife Watching Tips

GreatEgret_512x219Follow these tips for the best wildlife watching experience during your visit.

  •  Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife. 
  • In warmer seasons, little is moving on hot summer afternoons or on windy days. 
  • Observe from the sidelines. Leave “abandoned” young animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave.  
  • Don’t offer snacks; your lunch could disrupt wild digestive systems.  
  • For a closer look, bring binoculars. 
  • Try sitting quietly in one good location. Let wildlife get used to your presence. Many animals that have hidden will reappear once they think you are gone.  
  • Walk quietly in designated areas, being aware of sounds and smells. Often you will hear more than you will see.  
  • Teach children quiet observation. Other wildlife watchers will appreciate your consideration.  
  • Look for animal signs. Tracks, scat, feathers, and nests left behind often tell interesting stories. 
  • The refuge is home to rattlesnakes, which are most active at dawn and dusk. During the daytime heat, they will recede to cooler spots, such as rodent burrows or crevices. Always watch your step and remember to never place your hands or feet in an area that that you cannot see.  
Page Photo Credits — Great Egret / Marvin DeJong ©
Last Updated: May 24, 2013
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